In 2016 I was fortunate enough to make two short trips to Southern Tasmania, in September and December. While neither trip was exclusively for landscape photography I did manage to find the time to visit some amazing places and make some great images.
Here is a bit of a roundup of what I came back home with.
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Visiting this geological phenomenon was definitely the highlight of my time in Tasmania. Partly because of it's natural beauty and curiosity but also because I managed to get perfect conditions there, an outgoing tide leaving water on the shelf for some great reflections and what can only be described as an absolute cracker of a sunrise.
It was a very early start driving 1 1/2 hours from Hobart to Eaglehawk Neck at the start of the Tasman Peninsula. As I was heading east, nearing the coast, I started to see a red glow in the sky at well over an hour before sunrise, and I knew I'd be in for a good show.
It's always a little daunting arriving at a new location for the first time in the dark, and I did panic a bit when I couldn't find my way down onto the rock shelf. After a bit of back tracking I worked it out and not long after getting my kit out and set up the sky started going off.
The patterns in the rock shelf are nothing short of amazing. Having the water left behind from the high tide really helped to accentuate the shapes.
After sunrise I did a little bit of exploring around the area and came across another couple of locations.
Old jetty on Eaglehawk Bay
Derelict bridge sitting on the bank of Blowhole creek, which it once spanned.
In my September trip I spent an afternoon touring around Bruny Island with my wife. Being just a day trip I didn't have the chance to capture a sunset or sunrise here, but I still managed to find a few scenes worth getting the camera out for. Bruny Island is about half an hour south of Hobart and is accessible via a short 20 minute car ferry. The island is split into two halves joined by a narrow land bridge known as "The Neck".
One of many derelict barns spotted on South Bruny.
View from the top of "The Neck" lookout, looking towards South Bruny.
Those stairs are much steeper going up!
Awesome orange rocks at Cloudy Bay
Despite their namesake, these falls would have to be just about the worst kept secret in Tasmania. They are situated just behind the Cascade Brewery in Hobart, just a short 10 minute walk into the foothills of Mt. Wellington. There are actually a series of falls here, with the famously secret falls sitting unmarked just off the walking track.
The miniature slot canyon is such a tranquil place to be in, and it definitely makes you feel insulated from the world outside.
This second fall sits just upstream and, unlike it's so called "secret" neighbour, is clearly visible from the walking track.
In December I made a couple of trips to South Arm, a long skinny peninsula that cuts into the Derwent River Mouth. I was greeted with a gloomy sunrise at Goats Beach one morning, though managed to come away with some moody seascapes. I returned to Goats Bluff lookout late the same evening looking to capture potential aurora activity, however once again the clouds got the better of me.
Mt. Field was definitely another highlight for me and it a very impressive and awe inspiring place.
Russell Falls are the crowning jewel of Mt. Field NP. When first seeing them it took all the power of my mind to convince myself that this was actually real and not a CGI scene from a James Cameron film. It is really one of those things you need to witness for yourself and it's difficult to convey the immensity of how beautiful this place is with a photograph. Of course that won't stop me from trying.
There are another set of falls upstream if you are up for the climb. Horseshoe falls are well worth the workout to get to.
This popular spot sits right behind Hobart city and is the dominant feature of the landscape. It's a steep climb to the summit and takes about half an hour from the city. You can drive all the way to the summit which sits 1271M above sea level. As you'd expect it gets very cold and windy at the peak. Over my two trips I visited this spot three times, twice at sunset and once for sunrise.
Rock formations at the summit with Hobart and South arm in the background.
Sunset at the summit with some lenticular clouds in the distance.
Summit outcrops in the evening. Temperatures were close to freezing with snow clumps still around in pockets. It was 20° at the base of the mountain so the temperature contrast was stark.
I found this little spring fed pond close to the summit surrounded by what seemed like a perfectly manicured and landscaped garden.
After doing a great deal of research into spotting the Aurora Australis from southern Tasmania, I made a few trips out during predicted geomagnetic storms, but unfortunately the cloud cover and my inability to stay out all night meant it didn't happen. I did have a couple of heartbreaking near misses and it was painful seeing images come up in aurora watch sites showing decent beams of green and purple, taken only a few hours after I'd packed up and called it a night.
All the more reason to go back for another try!